Upcoming Anthology | Unofficial Call for Submissions

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As some of you might know, I've always wanted to work on a non-fiction book. Originally, I thought it would be about my life and the journey that I've experienced, but I was wrong! Turns out, my first non-fiction piece is going to be an anthology featuring some of you guys!

Right now, it's still in the early stages, but I want to get a sense of who's interested, both in reading the book and contributing to it!

About the Anthology:
As I move forward in my chronic illness journey, it has become abundantly clear just how little reading material is out there for teens and young adults struggling with mental and/or physical illnesses. More specifically, I've found very little material dedicated to chronic illness warriors like myself. 

Occasionally, I'll come across a great depiction of what it's like to live with an illness in a fiction book, but that's not what I'm looking for. Had there been a helpful book when I first started this journey, I believe that I would have learned how to accept my new life and cope with the new changes that my body would undergo earlier on in the process.

Since that wasn't the case, I've decided to team up with a myriad of writers and create something new! My goal is to help those struggling with similar problems and conditions, while also working towards ending the stigma against both mental and physical illnesses!

What I'm Looking for:
Ultimately, I am hoping to create a collection of letters from you to your younger self. This can be for a specific age, prior to your diagnosis, or in the early stages of your treatment plans. It's completely up to you! 

In these letters, I would like to include a bit of helpful advice as well as inspiration. I don't only want to help educate others, but I want to inspire them too! So consider including how your life has changed since your diagnosis in a positive manner, how you stay positive despite your illness, or maybe even include ways to show yourself self-love. Don't force it though, we want your open and honest letters!

If you're interested in submitting a letter like this, we'd love to hear from you! When first contacting us, please only send a brief description of your experience/journey via email. There is no need to send anything else at this time.

You can email us at ivycirillobooks@gmail.com

If you're interested in this project, but don't want to submit a piece, that's ok too! There are lots of other ways that you can help support this new book!

If you happen to know of someone that you think would be interested in contributing, please share this post with them! 

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  1. Hi Ivy. Apologies if this sounds money-obsessed but if you don't ask, you don't know. Are you paying writers to submit pieces or is there another form of monetary compensation for their contributions once you start selling the book? I know it's awkward asking these questions but I do have to in terms of how/if I can contribute. Thanks.

    1. Hi Lisa!

      At this time, we are simply gaining interest. Once we have a better idea of who would like to participate and how long each letter is, we'll be able to determine the price of the book. From there, I'll be able to calculate how to best compensate each author. Whether that be from copies of books, monetary value, or both. Either way though, there will be plenty of exposure for contributing authors as well as many additional benefits! Hope that answers your question ☺️

    2. Thanks Ivy. I've just emailed you.

    3. Awesome! I was recently on a writing retreat and I'm still catching up on all of the emails. I hope to get to yours soon! In the meantime, feel free to read the official call for submission 😊 http://www.ivycirillobooks.com/2017/03/upcoming-anthology-official-call-for.html